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November 14th, 2007
Nanotechnology use in food applications: a scientific and regulatory challenge
The growing use of nanotechnology in food applications poses new challenges for both science and regulation in Europe's food and nutrition market, an industry expert has said.
EAS (European Advisory Services)-Italy nutritional product regulatory affairs manager Stefanie Geiser said that as the nanotechnology market continues to grow regulators and scientists are actively working to find regulatory and risk assessment models to embrace its research and safety aspects.
The first nano-food contact material (a silicon dioxide coating) has already been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this year, and a second, titanium nitride, is under review. However, EFSA has said that it will not be able to meet the European Commission's mandate for a complete generic risk assessment of nanotechnology by 31 March 2008, because of the vast range of existing nanomaterials with completely divergent physical/chemical properties and safety profiles.
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